The History of Goa

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1510-02-17 Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque first conquers the city of Goa, entering it with little conflict

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1510-05-30 Portuguese forces under Afonso de Albuquerque abandon Goa after its former ruler Yusuf Adil Shah, the Muslim King of Bijapur reconquers the city
  • 1510-12-10 Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Afonso de Albuquerque who puts the Muslim population to the sword
  • 1542-05-06 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1667-10-26 Aru Palakka's occupies Makassar (Goa)
  • 1874-07-23 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos is appointed the Archbishop of the Portuguese colonial enclave of Goa.
  • 1946-06-18 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim
  • 1961-12-17 India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • 1961-12-18 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
  • 1996-10-28 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
  • 2014-01-04 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1837-09-18 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, (Portuguese) Archbishop of Goa (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1515-12-15 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1616-12-10 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • 1666-06-15 Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
  • 1880-11-28 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, (Portuguese) Archbishop of Goa (b. 1837)